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Charges filed against water superintendent

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   After four months of recovery from a vehicle accident in mid-August, James Wesley Parks, Decherd’s water works superintendent at the time, is charged with multiple driving offenses. Parks has been charged with three counts of vehicular assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, open container, financial responsibility and a driving under the influence charge. Parks’ automobile accident left him in critical condition, and he was airlifted

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  • Winchester Utilities receives Christmas early

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel Sewer systems and related maintenance equipment might not lead to visions of sugar plums dancing in Winchester Public Works employees’ heads, but a new truck to get the job done has neared that emotional high. In essence, Christmas has come early for Winchester Utilities with the purchase of a new sewer cleaning truck. A brand new $348,000 Vactor 2100 plus combination sewer cleaning truck has made

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  • Local Therapy Dogs International chapter makes a difference to students, seniors

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    As University of the South students prepare for their last day of classes on Dec. 10, with their final exams set for Dec. 17, the anxiety of many undergraduates is palpable. However, many of the students are also aware of the availability of a profound calming agent in the form of teams of humans with their therapy dogs, members of Therapy Dogs International Chapter 234. “When studying for finals, spending

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Finance Committee agrees to raises for four employees

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

The Franklin County Finance Committee has approved a pay hike for the finance director, a deputy assistant, the planning and zoning director and Chancery Court deputy clerk. Andrea Smith, the finance director for Franklin County, said the money for the pay adjustments had already been allocated in the county budget and would not result in a tax increase. “None of them (pay adjustments) are that much money,” she said. “We’re

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  • Russell Barnett hosts 13th Annual Disabled Veterans Appreciation Dinner

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Franklin County’s disabled military veterans, their spouses and friends shared memories and a hot, Thanksgiving-themed meal this past week at the Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. Russell Barnett, Doyle Searcy and Sonny Gattis have been hosting this event on the third Tuesday in November for the past 13 years at the Russell Barnett Chrysler Dodge and Jeep dealership on Highway 41-A in Winchester. According

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  • Franklin County now has matching tag-license plate numbers

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Franklin County Clerk Phillip Custer (with vehicle registration in hand) displays how tags now appear on registration forms and will have the same number as the metal plates where they will be placed as Deputy Clerks (from left) Pam Ennies, Eileen Fly and Eva Lewis go about their daily work routine. Stoney Hale, (in back) a consultant with Business Information Systems, a technical support company under contract with the county, has guided the system’s setup.
—Staff Photo by Brian Justice

    Attention: Franklin County motorists and those who steal their decals — life has just become much better for the former and worse for the latter. The County Clerk’s Office has just installed special printers that deputy clerks will use to produce decals with the same numbers that are on the issued metal license plates. The decals will be printed on the same form as vehicle registrations. The system was put

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Use caution during holiday decorating

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Decorations bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is offering a host of tips to keep homes safe and prevent holiday-related injuries. Holiday home safety mishaps account for more than 12,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States during November and December, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The dangers that lurk behind holiday cheer are often

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  • Iconic Hundred Oaks Castle: the journey continues

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Compiled by STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III According to historical records, construction on Hundred Oaks Castle began in 1830, though that was not the structure’s name at the time. Originally, it was built as a plantation farm house by Benjamin Decherd, the railroad tycoon for whom the town of Decherd, Tenn., is named. The property was purchased in the 1860’s by Albert Marks, the 21st governor of Tennessee and

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  • Make rape identities public

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Froma Harrop   Jackie’s shocking account of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house has been growing holes by the day. And it has put Rolling Stone — the magazine that published it without identifying the accuser, the friends she quoted or the alleged rapists — under a harsh light. It only named the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. Not naming the accusers in rape cases has become a

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